Seen in West Seattle: Grouchos return, after a year away

The Grouchos are back. They’re tougher to see than during their previous appearances on the north-facing slope alongside the eastbound West Seattle Bridge (our photo is from 2007) – but, as Patt posted on the WSB Facebook wall today, they’re back. Until last year, they seemed to appear magically each spring. This year, it turns out, they actually reappeared a few weeks ago, according to West Seattle writer Mark Bourne, who had chronicled them in the past; we contacted him this afternoon to mention the new sighting, and he pointed out he’d already written about it (with new photos showing they’ve multiplied!). Who puts them there? Still a mystery.

12 Replies to "Seen in West Seattle: Grouchos return, after a year away"

  • sam-c August 18, 2011 (2:55 pm)

    I love it- now THAT is real guerrilla art

  • Paula T August 18, 2011 (3:16 pm)

    I saw these a few weeks ago on the NB ramp to I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge. They were on my left as I was entering the freeway.

  • austin August 18, 2011 (5:01 pm)

    There are way more of them this year than in the past.

  • JayDee August 18, 2011 (6:50 pm)

    I think there are two groups of Grouchos hidden in the trees this year.

    Paula: Perhaps you meant on your right? I see them to the right on the bus or car just on Pigeon Point’s greenbelt.

  • TC55 August 18, 2011 (6:56 pm)

    Does anyone remember the burger joint called Grouchos? I miss their blackberry milkshakes! When I saw the words “Grouchos” and “back” in the same sentence, I got a little excited.

  • R0b0 August 18, 2011 (7:25 pm)

    “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
    — Groucho Marx

    Welcome back Grouchos!!

  • Paula T August 18, 2011 (9:16 pm)

    @ JayDee – the ones I saw were on the I-5 NB onramp and on the left side about three weeks or so ago. I’ve seen the ones on Pigeon Point as well, and I’m speaking of a completely different onramp (not the Delridge ramp onto the WS Bridge). You may be right about there being more of them than before :D

  • Cait August 18, 2011 (9:28 pm)

    TC! Yes! Me too! Is it weird I’ve lived here for 25 years and have never seen nor heard of these?

  • 56bricks August 19, 2011 (7:17 am)

    Yeah, I miss the old Groucho’s burgers, and yes, the blackberry shakes were awesome!

  • ca August 19, 2011 (7:34 am)

    no, i saw these on left side NB I5 ramp from ws bridge. about 3 weeks ago as well.

  • Chris M August 19, 2011 (7:49 am)

    @Paula T – Yep, I saw them at NB I-5 as well. On the grassy left side as you dip down from EB Spokane Street Viaduct and then back up onto NB 5.

  • patt August 19, 2011 (9:20 am)

    With the Groucho’s back, what is that telling us? Maybe everyone needs to take a deep breath and lighten up so it is easier to see the important stuff %-)

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